March 2019

Using A Cleaning Caddy To Clean Your Home

Do you find yourself running all over the house, in and out of each room a number of times while trying to clean your home? Do you feel like you’re getting nowhere… your quick clean has now turned into a whole morning and you still haven’t finished?

Then a caddy that keeps all your cloths, wipes, bin bags, cleaning products etc together is just what you need.

Save time.

There is alot of time wasted going backwards and forwards throughout your home. By keeping your items together you can clean in a systemised way which will get the job done alot quicker. Yay!

How to effectively use your caddy.

Everything you use should be in your caddy. Mirco fibre cloths, scrubbers, gloves, sprays, detergents, disinfectants, wipes, bin bags for collecting rubbish and emptying bins, squeegee for glass surfaces and whatever else you use.

After you have put away all the clutter in your home, it’s time to get started. Carry your caddy firstly throughout your bathrooms and toilets, which require spraying, then leave them to sit while you get onto the next job.

Then take your caddy into the first room to tidy up, dust and wipe down the surfaces. Then continue onto the next room and repeat. Once they are done you can  head back to the bathrooms and toilets to give them a scrub and squeegee with all your cleaning products still at arm’s length.

Lastly, you’re only left to vacuum the house and mop the floors.

Setting up an easy cleaning routine like this one and having a cleaning caddy to carry your products around is such a simple way to save you time.

See you next time!

Mei x

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March 2019

The Benefits Of Freezer Food

You’ve had a chaotic day, the kids are at each other’s throats and you’re looking forward to nothing more than putting you feet up when you walk through the door… but then you realise you need to get started on dinner!?! Stress levels rise as you contemplate take out for the second time this week.

While nothing can prepare you for those really crappy days, a prepared meal from the freezer certainly helps. Less time spent in the kitchen prepping a meal and less dishes to clean up afterwards means more time relaxing with your family.

Save time & money.

I cannot get all the things done in my week if I didn’t take advantage of my freezer. I always have some sort of pre-prepared snack or meal in my freezer which saves me so much time in my week for other important things.

Buying foods in bulk or when they’re on special is also a money saver. But making sure you don’t waste this saved money is just as important. Any excess food  gets labelled and stored in the freezer to be used another time, like stocks or sauces. Plus by making a bulk batch of snacks for the freezer means I can just put them in the oven (from frozen) to be cooked fresh when needed.

Perfect items for the freezer.

  • Pre made dinners like lasagne, soups or curries – this way you can just reheat and eat.
  • Part made dinners like slow cooked meats or pasta sauce – means minimal prep time just making the sides.
  • Snacks like scrolls, homemade sausage rolls or muffins – means lunchboxes are always packed or hungry kids can be fed straight after school.
  • Leftovers are perfect for lunches or single meals.
  • Excess food like sauces, cheese, stock, bread, dough  – don’t let them go to waste.
  • Fruits & Veg – all fruits make great smoothies and veggies like beans, corn, spinach, kale etc can be added to stews or soups as required.

If you have a couple hours free this weekend then why not try making a couple meals up in advance for those rushed week night dinners. The effort is well worth it.

See you next time!

Mei x

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March 2019

The Many Uses Of Baskets And Trays In The Home

Baskets and trays are one of the most cost effective ways to organise your home. Their sole purpose is to keep like items together and they do this brilliantly. I always find that items that aren’t contained within a basket or tray, generally end up encroaching on the space of other items. Its great for defining spaces as it creates boundaries.

I have baskets and trays all over my house. They range in various sizes and I feel they are one of the main reasons that my house stays so organised. They keep things in place that would otherwise turn into a cluttered mess. And of course I like to add nice labels to complete the look.

So many to choose from.

The stackable ones are my favourite since they really do maximise space, especially on shelves where there is a lot of vertical space wasted.

Some are nice and sturdy and if they are deep enough, can almost turn a shelf into a drawer system which always maximises space.

These Elfa Easy Glider baskets are my favourite product to use in pantries and kitchen cupboards, especially the lower shelves which require bending to see what is stored there.

Trays are perfect for drawers or items that require a more shallow depth. Cutlery and utensil drawers are a great example.

And then there are the cheaper options of just the plain plastic, nothing fancy baskets and trays which are still just as suitable. Plus if they are no longer suit the current space then they can be used elsewhere.

So it really depends on your budget but baskets and trays are definitely something worth investing in.

See you next time!

Mei x

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March 2019

Get Organised With Whiteboards

Do you try super hard to be organised by writing lists of things that need to be done? Do you get frustrated when important notes or lists that are written on paper, mysteriously disappear amongst the paperwork throughout your home? Or you can never find a pen or paper when you need to jot down those important things?

This is where whiteboards really do come in handy. And no, they aren’t just restricted to office spaces.

Use them where you need them.

It sounds simple and it is. The most popular places in the home that can benefit from whiteboards are:

  • Kitchen – keeping this on your pantry door comes in handy for jotting down shopping lists and grocery items as you use them.
  • Family Command Centre – these are a must in any family command centre or drop zone. This is an area where you can leave keys, devices to be charged, incoming mail, school permission slips that need to be completed etc. With the addition of a whiteboard, you can draw a weekly calendar with permanent marker and then important dates or kids activities can be marked in – then everything erased (except the calendar outline) to start again the following week.
  • Kids Rooms – great for younger kids to be to draw on and helpful for the older kids to keep track of schedules and things that are important.
  • Office – and of course the home office where you can keep track of bills to be paid and tasks that need to be completed.

And the extra benefits.

Multi function whiteboards have it all. Some have storage pockets, elastic straps, magnets and magnetic clips for hanging all your important memos. No more pegboards with sharp pins or dusty blackboards.

They are great for keeping together your bills, photos, kids artwork, social invitations and more. And being able to jot down notes, ideas, lists or anything that come to mind easily is such a time saver.

But by far the best use is that we can write then re-write over and over again.

See you next time!

Mei x

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